Van Sickle: We still can't figure out who should be the Number 1 player in the world. Here's a tougher question: Who is the player of the year for 2011?
Bamberger: The player who has probably played the best is Nick Watney. There's no question that Rory McIlroy has had the most impact. So my answer would be Rory.
Shipnuck: Sorry, boys, the POY has to be Luke Donald. He's never out of the Top 10, has three big-time wins and in sudden death he slayed the then Number 1, Lee Westwood, to ascend to the throne. The big knock is that after Luke's great run at the Masters, his U.S. and British Opens were disappointing. He needs a strong PGA to quiet the murmurs about his struggles in the majors.
Van Sickle: By strong PGA, I assume you mean he needs to win the PGA. I'm going with Luke, also.
Anonymous Pro: I don't think there is a player of the year. Everyone I'd pick played like crap at the British Open. I guess I'd pick Rory. He was pretty good at Augusta for 54 holes, then he blew everyone away at Congressional, and he made the cut, at least, at the Open. He's clearly the best player in the world.
Garrity: If Rory wins anything the rest of the year, and that includes the Rye Golf Club's member-guest, he's my player of the year. Otherwise, I'll go with Yani Tseng.
Hack: I'm going with Rory. He had the Sunday meltdown at Augusta, he missed the cut at Quail Hollow and then won a major by eight shots in a U.S. Open. That's the story of the year. No one is going to eclipse that.
Bamberger: No one who isn't named Phil or Tiger, anyway.
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